Around 100 Gurkha soldiers make up the Training Support Division at IBS, who post in from across the Brigade of Gurkhas for up to two years and there has been a Gurkha presence in Brecon since 1974. More recently the IBS tasks have included training members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Captain David Spencer, Adjutant at IBS, said it was a real honour for staff to meet with the King and something they would not forget.
He said: “The Training Support Division holds a wide mix of trained individuals such as snipers, drivers, engineers, machine gunners, chefs, pioneers and others.
“Without their support the Infantry Battle School could not deliver the realistic and demanding world-class training that ensures the more than 3,000 officers and soldiers, who take part annually, meet the Dismounted Close Combat standard and leave Dering Lines with the British Army leadership skills required for onward deployments.
“In addition to the incredible work they do with training, Gurkha soldiers are an integral part of the social fabric in South Wales and are the lead for community engagement within Brecon. The Brecon Military Show and bonfire nights are significant events in the local calendar and the Freedom of Brecon takes place every year with a ceremonial parade in the town centre.
“It was a privilege for personnel from IBS to take part in this Royal visit from His Majesty The King.”